NAIAS Opens to the Public on Saturday
The 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) opens to the public on Saturday, January 17 and runs through Sunday, January 25. The NAIAS is held at Cobo Center in Detroit. Last night we were watching TV, when Channel 4’s coverage of the Auto Show started. We weren’t planning on attending the Auto Show this year, but after the show we are now considering a visit.
The Auto Show is open from 9a-10p every day except the last day, Sunday, January 25 when it is open from 9a-7p.
Tickets are $13/adult, $7/children ages 7-12, and $7/seniors ages 65+. Children 6 and younger are free. Adult tickets can be purchased on-line, however you will still have to pick up your tickets at the ticket counter when you arrive.
Recommended parking garages include the Joe Louis Arena Garage (where I parked last year), the Cobo Roof Deck, and Millennium Garage. We have also parked at various lots within walking distance of the Cobo Center. With the cold temperatures, you will need to wear your winter coats. In past years they have offered a coat check for a nominal fee (if I recall, it benefits a charity).
There are typically light snacks available on the show floor. Some options we have had in the past include fudge, nuts, and water. There is also a food court downstairs with more options available including full meals.
Of course the main attraction at the Auto Show is looking at the new car models. Last year it was a big help to us since my husband was in the market for a new car (we did purchase one in September). In addition to the vehicles, there are usually a few fun activities around the exhibit halls.
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My daughter has had the chance to play racing games, build a car, have her picture taken, and more at NAIAS. She also enjoys checking out the cars and being able to climb in them – particularly getting to experience the front seats of cars.
Until September my husband and I were both driving 2004 cars (I still do), so we enjoyed seeing the technological advances since our previous car purchase.
Our Experience at Past NAIAS
We have visited the Auto Show as a family 3 times, when my daughter was 2, 6, and 8. All of our visits were on the weekend.
Each time we have bought our tickets at the door. There have always been plenty of ticket booths or automated kiosks to purchase tickets with minimal wait times. The coat check has been a big help since many of our visits have been on very cold days.
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